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  • What happens if, after completing the application form, I find that I will be moving to a different area and would like to change my choices?

    A request to change your choice of schools must be forwarded in writing to the Unit before Friday 5 August 2016. Requests to change choices after this date cannot be processed in time for selection committees to be presented with relevant information. If you have clearly demonstrable extenuating circumstances, such as the purchase of a new residence in a suburb or town very far from the previous residence, you may request a change of choice accompanied by a full explanation and supporting documents. The request for a change of choice is subject to approval by selection committees and the availability of places.

  • Must I list two schools?

    You should list only those schools you are prepared to accept. You can list one or two choices. Please consider carefully the choices made and do not list a second school you are not prepared to send your child to.

    Before applying for each school, you should consider available transport and the time your child will take to reach each school of choice. Selection committees do not consider travelling times and transport arrangements when offering places.

  • Does the order in which I list my choices matter?

    Yes. If your child qualifies for both of your choices, you will be offered a place only at your first choice.

  • What provision is made for students from non-government schools?

    The same selection procedures apply to students from government and non-government schools. Principals of non-government primary schools have been asked to accept your application, add school assessment scores and comments if relevant and send it to the Unit.

    Students whose non-government schools do not provide school assessment scores or scores which can be moderated will be considered on the basis of their test scores and any other available evidence.

  • How is the profile score derived if my child is the only one applying from his or her school?

    Students who do not have school assessment scores or those who are the only candidates from the school will be considered on test scores only.

  • Will my child be disadvantaged if the school cannot provide school assessment scores?

    Over the entire candidature, about half of the profile scores are increased by the moderated school assessment scores while the other half are decreased. Where students are not provided with school assessment scores it is not possible to guess whether or not having school assessment scores would have increased their profile score. Students without school assessment scores who are considered exempt will be considered on their test scores only.

  • What can I do to prepare my child for the Opportunity Class Placement Test?

    The Opportunity Class Placement Test consists of 70 multiple-choice questions written expressly for the 2016 Opportunity Class Placement Test.

    Past test papers and a sample answer sheet are available on the website. Students will be given practice questions before the test begins. If you want to give your child additional help, practice with the past test papers or with any type of multiple-choice questions will increase familiarity with the format and techniques. Students will also be given practice questions before the test begins.

    The Department of Education does not endorse coaching for the Opportunity Class Placement Test.

  • What happens if my child gets sick on the day of the test?

    You should complete the Illness/Misadventure form. You need to take your child to a medical practitioner and ask them to complete the Independent Evidence of Illness. You will also need to attach a medical certificate which covers the day of the test.The completed Illness/misadventure claim should be scanned, or posted to the Unit, whether or not he or she attempted the test. The selection committee will then consider the illness/misadventure claim as part of the application. It is generally better to attempt the test than to miss it. Children who miss out on the test may be considered on their moderated school assessment scores or, if these are not available, on any alternative evidence submitted.

    Claims based on illness must be made within 14 days of the test. 

    You will not be able to appeal on the grounds of illness after placement outcome information  is known.

  • If my placement outcome information indicates that my child is unsuccessful, can his or her name be placed on a reserve list?

    No. Three key words or phrases are used in placement outcome information: 'offer', 'reserve list' and 'unsuccessful'. Selection committees decide the children who will receive offers and those who will be placed on the reserve (waiting) list. Children on reserve lists have higher scores than those who are unsuccessful.

  • Do children from opportunity classes automatically get into selective high schools when they reach Year 7?

    There is no automatic entry into selective high schools. Children from opportunity classes must compete with all other candidates for entry to selective high schools.

  • If my child is unsuccessful for opportunity class placement, should I cancel my plans to apply for selective high school entry in the future?

    The entry requirements for opportunity class placement and selective high school placement can vary significantly. Moreover, there is scope for improvement in the ability and performance of students over the two years between application for opportunity class and selective high school placement. There are more places in selective high schools than there are in opportunity classes.

  • What score does a student have to gain to be successful for opportunity class placement?

    There is no pre-determined score that a student has to achieve to be successful for opportunity class placement. The minimum entry score for each school with an opportunity class depends on the scores achieved by the candidates applying for that school and can vary from school to school and from year to year. The greater the demand for the school the higher the entry score is likely to be.

  • What does the Opportunity Class Placement Test tell me about my child’s performance?

    The Opportunity Class Placement Test is designed to help identify students for entry into opportunity classes on the basis of academic merit. It is not meant to identify the student's strengths and weaknesses in English language or mathematics performance. The student's primary school is in a far better position to advise you on your child's performance in these areas.

  • If I receive an offer to my school of second choice as well as being placed on the reserve list for my first choice, do I have to give up the offer to stay on the reserve list?

    You can accept an offer to your school of second choice while remaining on the reserve list for your first choice until 5.00pm on 27 January 2017. After that time no further offers will be made to students who have already accepted placement in an opportunity class.

  • What should I do if my child does not get into an opportunity class?

    Be supportive and explain to your child that he or she can be very successful and achieve results which are as good as, or even better than, results gained by opportunity class students.

    Many schools without opportunity classes implement gifted and talented programs as a feature of the Department of Education's gifted and talented policy.

  • How can I find out my child's score?

    Most applicants will receive their child's calculated placement score at the bottom of their placement outcome information in October. To receive further details of your child's score in the opportunity class placement process, after you have received your placement outcome information, email the Unit at ssu@det.nsw.edu.au. The only further details available are the school assessment scores and the test scores.

    For more information of how scores are processed, please refer to the Opportunity class placement profile score - Frequently asked questions.

  • How does the reserve list work?

    If the student is on a reserve list for an opportunity class the number on the placement outcome information shows the student's position on the list. The progress of the reserve list depends on whether students receive subsequent offers, to their first choice. If a student's position is reached on the reserve list, parents will be contacted by the Unit. From early November 2016 until 27 January 2017 progress on the reserve list is regularly updated as reserve offers are made. See progress on reserve list.